posted by erik .
under what condtions is a hypothesis supported
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you asking what makes a good or valid hypothesis?
(in that case:
" * Testability (or falsifiability)
* Simplicity (as in the application of "Occam's Razor", discouraging the postulation of excessive numbers of entities)
* Scope - the apparent application of the hypothesis to multiple cases of phenomena
* Fruitfulness - the prospect that a hypothesis may explain further phenomena in the future
* Conservatism - the degree of "fit" with existing recognised knowledge-systems"
Otherwise, can you elaborate?